The Reader established a huge readership - over 320,000 paperbacks sold to date Paperback edition of The Reader has been reprinted twenty times Flights of Love is a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller Bernhard Schlink's writing has popular appeal - The Reader was an 'Oprah Choice' Flights of Love has been in the German bestseller lists since publication 12 months ago - over 300,000 hardcovers sold 'Perfectly crafted, intricate and haunting stories' Financial Times 'This new book will delight and surprise Schlink's admirers while converting his critics. It has a humour, lightness of touch, beguiling candour and subtle irony' Irish Times 'Subtly nuanced, often elegaic and especially eloquent about the need for compassion and collective responsibility' Time Out
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge, he is the author of the major international best-selling novel The Reader as well as several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.
An East German wife discovers that her husband informed on her to the Stasi if only to protect her. A boy grows up obsessed with his father's painting of a girl and a lizard, an obsession that shuts out others and eventually leads him to his family's dark secrets. A man reads a letter addressed to his recently deceased wife, discovers that long ago she had a lover, and tracks him down for an encounter that turns into a celebration of the wife's generous nature. Schlink's stories are indeed "flights of love," portraying twists and turns to the normal course of events that then lift people out of their lives. And like the author's celebrated The Reader, several of these works ache with the sorrows of Germany's tumultuous 20th century. Maybe the endings can feel a little unresolved, but in that regard the stories are certainly lifelike. For most collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/01.] Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Reviews for the paperback of this are just coming in with ones in THE INDEPENDENT, the following from THE GUARDIAN 'Throughout, he turns tricky subjects into readable stories'Isabel Montgomery, THE GUARIDAN and ''As you acquait yourself with the cast of FLIGHTS OF LOVE you become completely wrapped up in th
Schlink's The Reader was a surprise bestseller on these shores, discovered by Oprah and established by word of mouth. The writer's mastery of form, concise yet thorough probing of character, and concern with the moral implications of human behavior are again in evidence in these seven gripping stories. German men are protagonists in each of them, with some traits in common: a need for order, efficiency, respectability and righteousness, and a difficulty in expressing emotion. While the settings are mainly in Germany, two stories take place in North America and one in an unnamed South American country. Though love is the common emotion in each, not a trace of sentimentality mars the tensile energy of the narratives. Instead, Schlink examines the wounds inflicted by history and bitterness, jealousy and regret, neglect and repressed emotions. The penalties of love, and the lack of it, are paid by spouses, lovers, children. "A Little Fling," perhaps the most haunting story in the collection, deals with the legacy of betrayal fostered by the Berlin Wall. The shadow of the Holocaust prevents a man from experiencing love in "Girl with Lizard" and bewilders another young man in "The Circumcision," whose title threatens to remove suspense, but Schlink adds a quietly devastating twist at the end. Despite Schlink's matter-of-fact depiction of events, "The Other Man" and "Sugar Peas" can test credibility, but both stories are anchored in such strikingly portrayed characters that the reader's trust remains strong. The clarity of Schlink's vision and the calm eloquence with which it's expressed make these tales classics of their genre. First serial to the New Yorker. (Oct. 4) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Adult/High School-From the author of The Reader (Vintage, 1998) comes a set of seven short stories that delve into the human psyche, revealing love in its many forms. Schlink's characters have deep emotions that are laid bare and picked apart with almost forensic precision. Most of the protagonists are men, young and old, living in Germany. But make no mistake, women have their voices heard as well. The exterior backdrops against which these inner struggles take place vary. In "A Little Fling," a love triangle is set in the years surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. "The Son" finds a law professor pulled into becoming part of a team of observers sent to a troubled Third World country. "The Circumcision" travels between New York and Germany in a romance that is profoundly heartwarming and heartbreaking. Quirky and often twisted, Flights of Love is a solid collection: every story holds readers fast. These fascinating selections are not pretty, fairy-tale romances, nor are they depressingly dark. Their strange believability coupled with the detached yet intimate style in which they are written feels like amour vrit. In this collection, love is broad, complicated, and resists neat resolutions. The author's unique writing style and perspective will appeal to both male and female young adults. Schlink has produced an exquisite book that will ground the starry-eyed and lift the sullen.-Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.